Most of us know by now that Instagram is an app for taking and sharing photos among friends, but not all of us are aware of its video counterpart, Vine. You’ve probably heard of Vine, but you likely aren’t using the app. Why? Vine is still very new, with just 13 million users compared to Instagram’s 130 million. And now that Instagram has integrated video into the app, you may never feel the need to start Vining (yes, this is now a verb, like “Googling” is to Google).
Although there will likely only be one winner in the end, the showdown between these two apps is definitely going to be something to watch. While these two apps engage in an all out development war, end users may be pleased to find tons of new and exciting features being updated and added to both of these apps on a regular basis. For now, let’s just observe the differences between the two apps…
Key Differences Between Vine and video for Instagram
- Vine allows users to create and share 6-second videos, while Instagram offers 15.
- Instagram has video filters that allow you to change the style of your video, like “Black and White” or “Sepia”, for example. Vine has no filters.
- Vine integrates seamlessly with Twitter, while Instagram does not. If you run a quick search for “vine” on Twitter, you will see a ton of videos, on continuous loops, showing up right in your Twitter stream. This is due largely in part to the fact that Vine is Twitter-owned and Instagram is Facebook-owned.
These are just some of the technical differences between the two, but what about the differences that really count, like usability and convenience?
As a person with a video background who uses both apps regularly, I have to say, video recording on Vine is far superior to the video recording function on Instagram. For those of you who aren’t aware, on both Vine and Instagram, you tap your screen to record video. So if you want to capture video, frame-by-frame, you would perform a series of consecutive taps. If you want to record continuously, you would press and hold until the video is complete. Vine is much more precise, allowing you to capture video frame-by-frame (or at least very close to it). On Instagram, I find it much harder to be as precise because you are restricted to using a centralized record button, whereas on Vine you can tap anywhere within the video window. The Instagram app also continually reminds you to “press and hold to record” while you’re trying to tap the record button for a frame-by-frame effect. Vine definitely allows for a higher level of creativity and flexibility when it comes to actually recording your video. So under the usability column, Vine gets a big A+ for me.
As for convenience, Instagram definitely get’s an A in my book. I’m very quick to say that, but here’s why…with over 130 million users, all of my friends are already on Instagram while only a handful of my friends are using Vine. So obviously Instagram offers a larger audience, right off the bat. But the other obvious plus to Instagram in regard to convenience is the ability to capture and share photos and videos, all in one place. Clearly Vine lacks in this area. However, Vine was only made to capture 6 second videos and maybe for that reason, its simplicity is what makes it an overall winner and in a class of its own.
I think the battle still stands; these two apps obviously have their fair share of pros and cons for capturing and sharing video, but only time will tell who the true winner will be. I can’t really say at this point, but it will definitely be fun to watch these two apps battle it out.
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